Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Animal Rescue Fund, Inc.: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

We received a box of really nice P.L.A.Y. beds. The beds were used to make the dogs more comfortable in their runs.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It allowed us to make the dogs more comfortable in their runs and, as they were adopted, the dogs got to take their bed with them to make their transition easier.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

The picture is of Rascal. He was adopted from ARF. Here is a picture of him at home on his P.L.A.Y. bed. He loves it.

Humane Society of Charles County: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

The money from these grants were adoption sponsorships and helped some of the dogs get adopted earlier. One of the dogs is still not adopted, but is in foster care; we are using her sponsorship money to get her some training and a behavioral evaluation to be more adoptable.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Whenever a pet can be sponsored, we can usually get them into forever homes more easily. The sponsorship allows us to provide care for the animals still in need of adoption by helping to pay for food and supplies that are much needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Sugar-face Sassy (first four photos) is a sweet old gal who was surrendered by a family who no longer wanted her. When she first came to HSCC on June 27, 2020, she was in need of basic vet care, vaccinations, and grooming. She was extremely nervous and reluctant to interact with staff, play, or exercise.

Patience and perseverance prevailed and she became a very friendly and affectionate pooch. HSCC provided her with vaccinations and preventative treatments, got her cleaned up and had her shockingly long nails trimmed.

On July 18, she found her forever home. Her new family renamed her Lady and have been giving her lots of love, exercise, and proper nutrition and grooming. They report that her once-dull coat is now soft and shiny and that, despite her age, she is a ball of energy who loves to play at the park. She is a “super cuddler” and loves naps under the blankets. Aside from her new family, she is especially fond of her stuffed toys and tennis ball.

River (fifth photo) is very nervous in the kennel and takes a minute to warm up. Once outside the shelter, however, she is outgoing, curious, and affectionate, but needs a proper introduction. She is strong on the leash so she would benefit from learning some manners and would be a GREAT RUNNING BUDDY. She is a very pretty girl with a bit of an independent streak, but does enjoy a good scratch and a belly rub. She may repay you with a big kiss! She would do best in a home without children or other pets. River is not adopted yet. She is still living with a foster family. You can meet River here.

Texas Best Choices Animal Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Food for our dogs and pups — THANK YOU!

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Food is expensive and we had not budgeted enough prior to Covid-19 because we had been receiving food from a rescue food bank. When all of that food was diverted to families or municipal shelters, we were left without food and not enough in our budget allocated for food. Your gift saved our medical budget from going towards food and ultimately saved more lives.

How many pets did this grant help?

We feed on average 90 dogs and pups every day; they all say thank you!

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

All of these dogs and pups found their forever homes thanks to Petfinder and the Petfinder Foundation!

10th Life Surgical Center dba A DOGGIE 4 YOU: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Agility training equipment: (1) medium size teeter-totter, (1) 15′ agility tunnel, set of dog weaving poles, 2-in-1 dog tire jump/ring and hurdle bar

Rescue Animal MP3 Music Project Equipment: Two Pyle amplifiers for MP3 players. Note: the Rescue Animal MP3 Music Project provided the MP3 players and cords to amplifiers for free via their nonprofit organization. However, we needed to purchase the amplifiers — one for each dog building.

Stress-relief: Four Moropaky Heartbeat dolls for dog anxiety/stress relief

Fun time: One rotating automatic bubble-making machine and two gallons of bubble liquid

Toys: Chew balls, squeaky toys, plush dog toys, throwing balls, puppy teething toys

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The Orvis grant helps by providing:
1) exercise equipment to train the dogs with
2) stress-relief for abandoned puppies without a mom to cuddle with
3) chew toys to occupy puppies and dogs with the need to chew
4) squeaky toys to engage a dog to prevent constant barking
5) fun time and exercise while chasing and popping bubbles
6) stress-relief from the construction noise as well as lessening the barking in our indoor and outdoor kennel areas of buildings 1 and 2 when listening to the special music composed for animals via the MP3 project

How many pets did this grant help?

160 dogs since the items arrived at the shelter, but it will continue to help many more in the future

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Walton, a 2-year-old Yorkie/Westie mix, was rescued from the streets of San Antonio along with his brother, Watson, and a 10-year-old whom we believe to be their father, Winston. Both Watson and Winston tested positive for heartworm, but luckily Walton was negative. Walton was a little skittish until he was NOT partnered with his brother. Without his brother, he wanted to play and really, really enjoyed getting a bath!

Once his photo was posted, it did not take long for Walton to begin receiving adoption applications. The perfect mom came looking for a second dog to help a shy dog she had rescued earlier this year from a different shelter. Her shy female dog had been a 5+-year unadopted dog at her former shelter. The shelter-veteran dog was slow to come out of her shell. After visiting our rescue, Walton’s new mom felt that her shy dog needed a friend, and that Walton would be a perfect fit.

Walton was not use to being around a female dog, but his new “sister” immediately took to him because that “shy” girl immediately wanted to play with him. Because Walton does great on leash, he taught his new sister what fun it is to go on long walks with Mom. No longer does his sister crumble into a pile on the floor when it is walk time. Now, she is ready to follow Walton and Mom all around the ranch on their daily walks.

Although Walton was a barker at the rescue, he reportedly has not made a sound in his new home, has not had any indoor accidents, and quickly learned how to use a doggie door. Walton’s new mom says he is the calmest, quietest 2-year-old dog she has ever had the pleasure to adopt. We are thrilled that he quickly settled in to his new home with a sister and a new mom who adores him.

Valley Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 grant was used to pay for part of the surgery needed to repair Gracie’s ear and ear canal. The surgery cost nearly $3,000, so the Emergency Medical Grant helped offset that large medical bill.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped us in several ways. First, it helped offset the large medical bill that the organization incurred as a result of the necessary surgery on Gracie’s ear and ear canal.

Second, it allowed the organization the ability to develop a plan quickly that was not just about the surgical bill, but also an aftercare plan that could be discussed with potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Gracie was a puppy who had been found at 4 months old, injured and in need of advanced medical care for her left ear. She was found with a rubber band tied around her head, and her hair had grown over the rubber band.

Because Gracie was so young, there was plenty of concern about her chances to keep her ear, as well as the risk of infection due to the length of time that her injury had been left untreated.

Our call to action for help with medical costs during the early stages of the pandemic helped us develop a strategy to provide different levels of care. First, the rubber band had to be removed and Gracie had to heal from that procedure. Subsequently, she had to have costly surgery to repair her ear canal. That surgery was successful and Gracie’s hearing was fully restored.

Thanks to an Emergency Medical Grant from the Petfinder Foundation, Valley Humane Society medical staff was able to seek the proper care needed to treat Gracie’s ear. The $1,000 Emergency Medical Grant covered a portion of Gracie’s surgery that allowed Valley Humane Society to successfully repair her ear.

She spent her recuperation with a wonderful foster family, and she entertained them with her goofy antics. She blossomed into dog who was ready to start the next chapter of her life!

Gracie is now Maya Moore Treats, and is living her best life, one that includes trips to the beaches, socially-distant walks with her “furever” family, and enjoying the world with full hearing.

The pictures provided show the full transformation of Maya. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation.

Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge: Purina Adoption Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We offered a reduced adoption fee of $100 for senior dogs and $50 for senior cats with this funding. Funding helped to offset medical costs that are typically covered, in part, by adoption fees. We also offer supported medical care.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We were able to subsidize adoption fees and place more seniors. The funding assisted with medical care and allowed us to reduce fees. In 2020, we have adopted out 60 senior dogs and 26 senior cats, with thanks to this grant!

How many pets did this grant help?

86

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

At 13 1/2 years old and just 5 lbs., Hercules (first photo) is tiny, yet has a mighty heart and spirit! We shared a plea for Hercules to find a home and, within days, he was adopted with a reduced senior adoption fee! Below was the plea, and attached are his adorable pics!

“Hercules is a sweet, petite senior who came to RBARI when his owner passed away. Hercules’ medical care had sadly been neglected by the time he was rescued. His mouth was so severely infected that all of his teeth needed to be removed during his dental, and he has fractures from decay. Hercules is feeling much better after his dental and has been eating soft food. Hercules is shy, but super sweet once he bonds to his people. He likes other gentle, mellow little dogs and is looking for a quiet, adult home. Most of all, Hercules is seeking a gentle person who will help him heal physically and emotionally, and love him unconditionally in his golden years. Adopt a senior at a reduced fee of $100 — because it takes years to get this sweet!”

Perry County Humane Society: Senior Pet Adoption Grants
What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to support the adoption of Christian, a 16-year-old Lab mix we had in our care.

As of the date of this report, we have spent the following:
Discounted adoption: $75
Vet visit, heartworm test, meds: $175.96
Pain medication: $27
Orthopedic bed: $180.61
Total spent so far: $458.57
Total left to spend: $541.43

Remaining funds will be used for reimbursing the adopter for money spent on Christian’s healthcare in the future.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant allowed us to reassure an interested adopter that Christian’s health care needs would be taken care of. We believe that helped us get a very old dog out of our shelter and into a home much more quickly than we might have otherwise been able to.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Christian came to shelter when her owner was no longer able to care for her and, at age 16 and with advanced arthritis, she was unlikely to attract many potential adopters. But she was lucky and caught the eye of a local woman, who said, “When I saw her face on Facebook, I could just see in her eyes that she wanted love. I couldn’t stand the thought of her spending her last days in a shelter. She needed to feel special.”

Because of the grant, PCHS was able to send Christian home with all her medications and the promise of a new bed. Her new family reports that she is great with kids, loves getting loved on, and is fitting in well with the other dogs in the home. She even enjoyed a recent camping trip!

Humane Society of Carroll County: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Humane Society of Carroll County utilized our awarded grant to purchase canine enrichment items for our shelter dogs. We purchased items for our play yard for when the dogs are outside, such as a digging pit, a swimming pool, and some agility-course items. We also used it to purchase enrichment items for inside for days that the dogs cannot go outside to play (rainy days, cold days, too-hot days, etc.) such as enrichment puzzles, slow feeders and kong stuffers.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

When dogs are awaiting their new homes, we try to give them exercise as well as mentally stimulate them because a kennel can be a lonely place if a dog was to spend all of its time in there. This grant allowed us to purchase items that helped to stimulate the dogs not only physically but also mentally while they are here with us awaiting their new families.

How many pets did this grant help?

We currently have 36 dog kennels and this grant allowed us to do something that would benefit all the dogs in our care as well as many future dogs who may come through our doors.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Oscar, who is pictured enjoying all of the grant items we purchased, came to us by way of Animal Control. When Oscar arrived to us, he had to have 2 lbs. of matting shaved off of him that had resulted from lack of care and living outside. This sweet boy enjoyed the freedom of a new haircut, and his personality just blossomed from there. When he was exploring our new play-yard set-up outside, we got to see Oscar run, chase balls, dig them out of the new digging pit, chase them around in the pool, and jump through the agility hoop, agility bar, and tunnel to get the ball. Oscar utilized everything and anything that was in our improved play yard. Oscar has gone on to be a spoiled dog who is enjoying the good life in his new forever home.

Humane Society of Cherokee County: Purina Adoption Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $500 grant was used to provide free adoptions. The $80 per dog and $60 per cat adoption fees were waived as the grant funds covered these fees.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Four dogs and three cats were adopted out by the end of October due to the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation. These animals all were adopted into forever homes and were able to move out of the HSCC shelter — a win-win-win situation for HSCC, the adopters, and the animals!

How many pets did this grant help?

Seven animals were adopted: three cats — Pallet and Angelina (third photo) and Stormy (fourth photo) — and four dogs: Dolly (fifth photo), Whiskey, Cocoa, and Kent.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

This is the story of Pallet and Angelina, who were two shelter cats at HSCC. They were adopted together by a wonderful cat lover and are being pampered to no end.

Pallet (first photo) had been a tenant at our shelter since July 2, 2019. He had been hanging around the local pet store, snuck in and was captured, visited the vet, and was available at the store for adoption. However, he waited and waited to no avail, so off he went to the HSCC shelter. At that time, Pallet was feisty and had an attitude, but shortly after checking in at the shelter, he became a very entertaining guy, loved the kittens, and insisted on drinking out of a faucet. He even taught his girlfriend, Angelina (second photo), how to drink out of a faucet.

Angelina came to the shelter on March 11, 2020, due to a call from a nice lady who had been feeding her in the back yard. She could not adopt Angelina due to restrictions on the place she was renting, so Angelina ended up at the shelter. She settled in quickly, became a very playful cat, and was taught to drink water out of a faucet.

Like so many places, our shelter basically closed down to the public when COVID-19 hit. However, one of our very gifted animal caregivers wrote wonderful profiles for both Pallet and Angelina for Petfinder. We think the descriptions of cats liking to drink from faucets and the fact they were so playful really helped get them adopted. And the Petfinder Foundation’s adoption grant was instrumental in turning this whole process into such a great success story.

It is worth mentioning that the person who adopted these two wonderful cats is in the process of building them a catio. What he needs is already on order and he has the window entrance picked out to use for catio-installation purposes. He also is making sure the cats have a good faucet to drink out of. It is the one his young daughter uses every morning when she brushes her teeth. She puts her stuffed cat on the vanity by the faucet and says “drink, drink.” Now she has two cats to assist her with brushing her teeth. How fitting is that for an end to this story?

Happy Tales Ranch and Rescue: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
What was the money or product used for?

Cat lounging

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The cats love the beds. They wash great also and look fantastic.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Luka and his brother Jonas are enjoying lounging, sleeping and wrestling on the new beds. From Luka’s Petfinder profile: “Luka is an active 3-month-old boy who loves to chase his brother around, playing with toys and getting attention. He needs to be adopted with his brother Jonas” Meet Luka here. From Jonas’s Petfinder profile: “Jonas is very energetic 3-month-old guy. He is ready to explore his new home with his brother Luka. He loves playing and attention.” Meet Jonas here.